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Exchange students win prize in contest to help physically disadvantaged

13 Dec 2016

Each team carries a physically-disadvantaged individual using a sedan chair quickly and safely.
Each team carries a physically-disadvantaged individual using a sedan chair quickly and safely.
Joshua Claassens (back row, third from right) and his team members: (back row, from left) Edward Ashdown, Tobias App, Mareike Voß, Timothy Berrow, Jack Fellows, Rachel Verhoef and Marina Chen.
Joshua Claassens (back row, third from right) and his team members: (back row, from left) Edward Ashdown, Tobias App, Mareike Voß, Timothy Berrow, Jack Fellows, Rachel Verhoef and Marina Chen.

A team of exchange students at HKBU won first runner-up prize in a sedan chair race entitled the “Diamond Sedan Competition” held recently to enhance social integration with the physically disadvantaged.

The HKBU team was led by Joshua Claassens, and members were Edward Ashdown, Tobias App, Timothy Berrow, Mareike Voß, Marina Chen, Rachel Verhoef and Jack Fellows. Each team had to complete a 200-metre course carrying a wheelchair-bound person using a sedan chair, a seat carried on poles by human bearers.

Recalling the difficulties he faced, Joshua said, “Initially, thoughts of doubt plagued my mind, but those soon turned into a burning drive to prove to myself what I was capable of. The team was formed and within six days we smashed our fundraising goal of $5,000 by 30 percent. Together, our small achievements compounded into what became one of the most amazing memories and triumphs of our exchange experience.” Joshua said the life lessons learned from this experience will stay with him for the rest of his life.